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Feds say Islamic State terrorists targeting law enforcement for weapons, gear to further attacks

The one-page Roll Call Release reported there were at least two instances in which the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria inspired individuals to steal weapons or other specialized gear from law enforcement officials.

ISIS shows knack for recruiting Western women

Hundreds of Western women have managed to join ISIS, and many others have been arrested at airports for allegedly trying to travel to Syria and join the group. They are generally between the ages of 16 and 24, and most come from Muslim families, though a significant number are converts, says a recent report.

DHS secretary: Counterterrorism enters new phase, gov't seeking Muslim community help

Jeh Johnson says counterterrorism efforts wading into new territory as the Islamic State calls for attacks against U.S. military installations and local law enforcement and government buildings through social media.

Review: FBI hasn't abused witness detention authority in terrorism cases

The Justice Department's inspector general reviewed those cases and identified 12 individuals who appeared to be detained under potentially questionable circumstances. After an extensive review of each case, the IG concluded that the FBI acted appropriately.

Former US ambassador: Build local ties to stem crisis in Iraq

The former U.S. ambassador to Iraq said June 19 that the U.S. response to the crisis in Iraq needs to include an emphasis on building relationships with local leaders.

GAO: State Department counterterrorism program in Africa needs strengthening

A State Department regional bureau, which manages a $104 million U.S. counterterrorism program in East Africa, lacks sufficient financial and operational data to determine whether plans and goals are being met, congressional investigators said.

DHS spent $61M on next generation BioWatch technology before canceling it

That money was spent on testing and evaluating technologies that DHS hoped would improve BioWatch, a program that aims to detect the presence of biological threats like anthrax in the air. It is active in more than 30 U.S. cities.

Obama calls on Congress for $5B in counterterrorism funding

"I am calling on Congress to support a new Counter-Terrorism Partnerships Fund of up to $5 billion, which will allow us to train, build capacity and facilitate partner countries on the front lines,"  said  Obama May 28 while delivering the commencement address at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Social media gives terrorist new tools, not just wider audience

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms enable terrorist groups not only to reach a wider audience but to execute new strategies for propaganda and recruitment, says a report published by the Wilson Center.

Boston, federal officials dodged turf wars after marathon bombing

The former heads of the Boston Police Department and the FBI's office in Boston said the mutual trust they established before last year's marathon bombing paid off during the crisis that ensued as authorities searched for the perpetrators.